Continuing Indaba

Canon Philip Groves on the Indaba Process, July 2012

Click the Image above to view a short video prepared by ENS of Canon Phil Groves describing the Indaba process.

Update by the Rev. Thomas Synan

Summer 2012

Continuing Indaba is a biblically-based and mission-focused project designed to develop and intensify relationships within the Anglican Communion by drawing on cultural models of consensus building for mutual creative action. It was developed from the ‘Listening Process’ called for by the Windsor Report—a call that was reiterated in subsequent Primates’ Meetings, as well as in the Resolutions of the Anglican Consultative Councils of 2005 and 2009. During the first Phase of the project (2009-2011) the Diocese of New York was invited to participate in one of the five pilot conversations which were developed to produce a flexible replicable model for the Communion as a whole.

The Diocese was linked with the dioceses of Derby, England and Mumbai, India.  Each diocesan team consisted of eight members—four clergy and four lay. The three teams met in New York May 2011, in Derby October 2011, and finally in Mumbai earlier this year. Each gathering consisted of the host diocese presenting examples of its mission work, lectures concerning the life of the Church within the context of the local culture, and opportunities for both inter-diocesan and intra-diocesan discussions and dialogue.

The travel component is finished, but the processing of the experience by all three diocesan teams continues. And while it is easy to focus on differences, it was inspiring to discover how much we share in common. Participants ranged from ultra-reformed to ultra-catholic and everything in between, but we all shared a deep abiding belief in Christ and in the Anglican Communion. We all share the one bread and we all seek to do the work that Christ has given us to do. Mission, across the dioceses, was remarkably similar, with each working to help the most vulnerable of their respective societies. In order to truly appreciate one another, it was most helpful to witness the Church within the local culture.

Our discussions were respectful, animated, and at times intense.  Most importantly, though, we were united in the belief that whatever our differences, they are not a threat to the bonds of our Communion.

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